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Helvetica, the typeface, will be the subject of Helvetica, the movie. It's due for film festival release next year, in honor of the typeface's fiftieth birthday.

Third bookstore lucky: I have a copy of Sherwood Smith's new book Inda to read while travelling. Speaking of recent publications and the like produced by LJers, I read The Lies of Locke Lamora on the flight over, and just this evening watched the new Princess Bride dvd, with accompanying featurette starring vschanoes and d_aulnoy.

I had an excellent time at the state fair on Monday. More about that - and lots of photos! - in the near future. The photos include pie photos. Pie is on my mind this week since I'll be missing the third Great LiveJournal Pieoff (pieoff) this coming weekend. There were also spectacular things with balloons.

Elk horns are enormous. How on earth to they manage to carry them around? Their horns are practically larger than their bodies.

"a bit of" poll: The only two people to find the phrase alien are both current-or-recent graduate students of Jewish descent currently living in, but not necessary from, the mid-Atlantic states. Now I wish I knew more about whoever asked me about the phrase in the first place - maybe she was from the mid-Atlantic states too. Plenty of people from there think it sounds normal though. If I ever do a followup poll on this topic, it would cover two points: what is the opposite of "a bit of"? And whether or not "a bit of" is predominantly understatement or literal in its use.

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tiruncula
Aug. 16th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
I missed contributing to the poll, but I wanted to add my voice as a native mid-Atlanticker of Jewish heritage, to say that "a bit of" is just fine by me, and is unironic in my native usage, though that's been changed by time living in the UK. I'd say my ordinary opposite is "tons of".

Re: Helvetica, now a major motion picture: Coolness!!! I'm already picturing the red carpet at the premiere...

Elk horns: Cf. cautionary, if apocryphal, tale of the Irish Elk.

Also, did you know elk have no knees?
a_d_medievalist
Aug. 17th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
that is just wrong (about the knees)
tiruncula
Aug. 17th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
But Caesar says so! In the Gallic Wars. Because elk have no knees, they have to sleep leaning against trees. The natives sneak into the forest and cut most of the way through the trees so when the elk go to sleep at night, the trees fall over and the elk fall over and can be captured easily. Primitive elk-tipping!
a_d_medievalist
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not arguing ... it's just wrong in a ...'George W. Bush is leader of the free world' or Mr Soppy trying to lick my lips kind of way.
kashmera
Aug. 16th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
I've found that I tend to use "a bit of" as an understatement except with food. I have to be careful who I say it to. If I use it when talking to an ESL person who hasn't been speaking it very long then they may take me literally.
pfy
Aug. 16th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
To me, the opposite of 'a bit of' is 'a lot of'. Whether I mean 'a bit of' literally or as an understatement depends on context. Usually I mean it literally.

I just made blackberry pie! Time to go and help myself to a slice, I think...
a_d_medievalist
Aug. 17th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
From the left coast, I'd say "lots of" most often
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